Here we are again, lockdown number 3! For me, I think I am getting used to this slow pace of life and using walks and baking to keep me busy and occupied. However, I know for some it really is a hard time and can be mentally challenging.
As I said, I use baking as something to focus on. It’s a couple of hours spent concentrating on something, taking your mind of any worries, and the end result is incredibly rewarding. Even better, you get to eat it! So if you really are struggling or just want to try something new, give baking a go!! All my recipes on my blog I have tried to keep simple so even beginners can try them. Even if you mess up first time, keep trying, I promise you, you will make something which tastes amazing whilst maybe even enjoying being at home!
Anyway, here is a post which is different to my usual cakes and sweet treats…
With the turn of a New Year I wanted to write a big list of everything I wanted to try baking this year. Bread is top for me as I always get a little bit of fear and self doubt that I cant make it. But, I wanted to prove it to myself I can. Also is there a better smell than fresh bread??
I thought I’d keep it simple and easy with a white loaf to begin with. It is incredible how easy and simple this is, it honestly blew me away! Between the 2 of us we polished off the loaf before the end of the week- a great success.
Anyone can do this, even those who have never made bread before!
Recipe inspired by Delia Smith and Tesco Food
- 500g Strong White Bread Flour
- 1 Teaspoon of Salt
- 1 Sachet/7g of Fast Action Dried Yeast
- Vegetable Oil to Grease
- 300ml Warm Water
- Grease a loaf tin using a little bit of vegetable oil- this can be the loaf tin you make loaf cakes in. Don’t use too much, I found the oil spray you can buy really useful for this
- In a large bowl add the flour, salt and yeast
- Make a well in the flour (a whole in the middle of the bowl using your finger) and gradually pour the warm water in. Mix using a wooden spoon until the dough comes together
- Flour a surface and turn the dough out. Knead for 10mins until the dough becomes smooth and elasticy (if thats a word?)
- Grease another large bowl and place the kneaded dough in. Cover with cling film and leave in a warm place for 1 hour. It should rise and double in size.
- Once risen, turn out again and knead for 5 mins. Shape into a log shape that nearly is the size of the loaf tin on length. Place the log into the loaf tin.
- Cover the loaf tin in grease cling film, leave it loose. Place in your warm place to rise for 30 mins. Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 200 degrees.
- After 30 mins uncover the loaf and score one line down the centre of the log using a knife.
- Bake in the oven for 30-35 mins and leave on a wire rack to cool. If you are in doubt whether the bread is cooked it should sound hollow when you knock on the bottom of it.